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Boys drown in Limpopo dam

2011-12-09 12:13

Polokwane - Two 12-year-old boys have drowned while swimming in a dam near Matlala, Limpopo police said on Friday.

"Tumelo Mokoko and Tlau Dipela were swimming with a group of friends at the Matlala Dam at the Mabopane village when they got into difficulties," police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto said of the incident, which took place on Thursday.

"Despite the efforts of their friends to assist them, the two boys drowned."

Police divers recovered their bodies.

Ten people have drowned in seven incidents in Limpopo since the start of November.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2011-12-09 12:25

    When are parents going to learn that even if your child can swim you never leave them to their own devices! This tradgedy could of been avoided if their had of been correct supervision. Over the school holidays children need things to do but parents must always be aware of the dangers.

      mmakgaboe - 2011-12-09 12:59

      True - BUT parents are not ALWAYS on guard 24/7.

  • Sattva - 2011-12-09 13:02

    Two words come to mind : SWIMMING LESSONS

  • Precious - 2011-12-09 13:29

    sad story but we cannot blame their parents. because cannot go to play with their children as they have other duties to do e.g. their jobs

      Shirley - 2011-12-09 15:01

      Sorry but I disagreee. Parents have to work but they need to take measures to ensure the safety of the child otherwise you shouldnt be a parent.

  • Fabian - 2011-12-09 13:52

    I think children that can't swim shouldn't be swimming.

      Kala - 2011-12-09 15:16

      The story is a bit ambiguous. If the children were swimming then how did they drown as this implies they new how to swim. Were they maybe just playing in the shallows and slipped into deeper waters and then drowned because they couldn't swim. If you can't teach your children how to swim at least warn them of the dangers of playing in water.

      Kala - 2011-12-09 15:17

      new should read knew:)

  • procold2 - 2011-12-09 15:20

    sad, its that time of the year,there is no safe swimming in dams and rivers and if you cant swim properly rather stay out of the water,condolences to the parents

  • Dineo - 2011-12-12 10:17

    i have just learned over the weekend that one of the kids who drowned is actualy my neighbour. FYI to some of the bloggers. Our village is in the most rural parts of the province. We also grew up running to this water streams to try and learn some swimming skills. It really makes me sad when i realise that the government(sports and culture) can actually erect some swiming pools around villages and offer lessosn free of charge to the communities. the first lid's surname is Nkoko and not Mokoko. I am still sadeened by this. May their souls rest in peace.

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